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There are fewer things that can ruin an outdoor activity than stumbling on a bee or wasp hive. This is particularly true if you have an allergy to bee and wasp stings. For those with allergies, a bee sting can be more than painful, it can be deadly. The experts at Western Exterminator know these concerns well and are here to help.
Tackling the removal of a nest is not something the average person should attempt on their own. It takes special skills to know how to get rid of stinging pests because when threatened, bees and wasps can attack in swarms, giving the victim multiple stings. It is always best to call a pest control specialist before taking action. Our specialists know the difference between bees and other stinging insects, and can recommend the best course of action for your home or business.
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There are a large number of bee and wasp species. Nearly every species of bee or wasp is prone to attack and nearly all of them have stingers. These stingers deliver a painful pinch and are loaded with venom. For some a sting means a painful bump, but for others a bee or wasp sting can cause an allergic reaction and anaphylactic shock.
The problem with disturbing a hive when trying to do bee removal and especially wasp removal is that the victim can receive multiple stings. If the nest that has been disturbed is a wasp or hornet nest a single insect can sting multiple times, injecting venom over and over.
Some species of bees and wasps are prone to sting in large numbers include:
Africanized honey bee - or killer bees, are a hybrid between the European and African subspecies, are a very good example of a stinging insect that can do great bodily harm to humans. Africanized bees are very aggressive, attacking in great numbers upon hearing loud noises or whenever a hive or nest is disturbed. These bees can be life-threatening not just to those prone to allergic reactions but people (or animals) with limited capacity to escape, such as small children, the elderly or handicapped. If the hive is threatened, these bees can attack in great numbers and have been known to travel 50 yards or more in pursuit of the perceived threat. Hundreds of bees seeing you as a threat can result in hundreds of stings!
Yellow jackets - probably one of the better known species of stinging insect. They can pack an extremely painful punch, so it's better to stay well clear of any hive or nest just in case you’ve come across an aggressive species.
Hornets - these insects attack when their hives are disturbed or a drone hornet is killed. Hornets can sting multiple times because their stingers are not barbed like the honey bee, so they are not lost when they sting.
In general, bees are very beneficial insects that manufacture delicious honey and pollinate plants. However, bees can do extensive damage to a building if they nest inside the walls, and some may sting humans if provoked.
One of the keys to successful bee and wasp removal is identifying the species of bee and wasp. The species and their behaviors determine the most effective way to deal with the hive or nest and remove it.
Common stinging insects in Western Exterminator Company’s service areas, include:
A portion of the human population is allergic or hypersensitive to bee stings, so just one sting can cause a medical emergency. In rare instances, bee stings can result in life-threatening symptoms, including anaphylactic shock.
It’s best to leave the elimination of nests or hives to the professionals, as the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 90-100 people in the U.S. die from allergic reactions to insect stings every year.
Contact a local stinging insect expert at Western Exterminator today for help.
If you find a lone stinging insect in your home that you feel poses a threat, a quick squirt with an aerosol spray can, such as hairspray, will freeze the insect’s wings and it will fall harmlessly to the ground. Just be careful not to touch the stinger!
At Western Exterminator we are highly trained and certified in bee and wasp removal. Our stinging insect control specialist will perform an inspection to properly identify the insect. Once the stinging insect is identified, treatment options will be discussed with the home or business owner. In some instances, it involves a beekeeper, or, it may involve eliminating a nest that poses a serious health threat.
We think that when you pick Western Exterminator Company you will feel certain you’ve made the best choice along with hundreds of thousands of our other completely satisfied residential customers. Learn more about our wasp and bee removal services by scheduling an appointment online or calling us at 800-937-8398.
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